Going back through the past 12 months, there have a number of mighty impressive CDs that have caught my attention. So, in no particular order (and, of course, in 2 parts), here's my choices for music you should pay attention to.
3 other recommended releases include the latest gem from alto saxophonist Miguel Zenon, "Alma Aldentro: The Puerto Rican Songbook" (Marsalis Music), his tribute to the music of his parents' generation. Also, "40 Acres and a Burro", the genre-bending release from Arturo O'Farrill & the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra on ZOHO Records. The arrangements on both recordings (Zenon's excellent quartet is aided and abetted by a string section led by Guillermo Klein) really shine. Tom Harrell issued yet another impressive recording with his Quintet - "The Time of the Sun" (HighNote Records) is filled with great playing, intelligent melodies and arrangements that allow each musician to shine.
Yes, there's more but these are the ones I returned to listen to over the past 8-10 days. Stay tuned!
In the meantime, dig in to the Ernesto Cervini Quintet and "Secret Love."